Wednesday, June 2, 2010
There can be no doubt that Israel's botched attack on the humanitarian activist flotilla marks a significant turning point in the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Yet commentators from both sides, as well as those trying to take a more balanced view, have all missed the most important point. What the attack shows, plain as day, is that my own opinions on the issue are the only correct ones, and everyone else is painfully wrong. The failure of everyone else to see how right I am can lead only to tragic consequences.
First, a little historical background. The side of the conflict that I support comprises nothing but honourable and courageous men and women. They are motivated by nothing more than a desire to defend their own families and rich culture. Their cause is right and these people are completely justified in every action, no matter what they do. By contrast, the other side is composed entirely of amoral murderous thugs who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Far from achieving a just settlement and a lasting peace, these thugs are only interested in perpetuating the cycle of violence and brutality.
I will admit that there are some innocent casualties on the other side of the conflict, and this is to be regretted, but let us look more closely. Just how innocent are they? It is clear that these people are giving succour to what is nothing more than terrorism, plain and simple. Their losses frankly pale into insignificance when compared to the tragedy of the truly innocent lives that are blighted daily on the side that I support. These are just ordinary people trying to go about their daily business in the face of increasingly vicious and brutal violence.
That violence must stop and it must stop now. Of course, until it does, it is hard to see how the side that I support can be blamed for responding to violence with violence. Everyone has the right to defend themselves.
This is the context in which the flotilla attack must be understood.
It should by now be blatantly obvious that every account of the attack given by the other side of the conflict is nothing but a pack of lies designed to pull the wool over the eyes of the international community. This will not work. The facts of the matter are plain – yet again it is those on my side of the conflict that have been brutally wronged. It is hard to understand how anyone cannot see this. The voices of those who support the other side of the conflict would be tiresome were they not so dangerous. The result is business as usual, as a cowardly British government and utterly ineffectual UN capitulate to those voices in an entirely predictable way. This is nothing more than a recipe for more violence and bloodshed.
The biased reporting from the BBC should come as a surprise to no-one. Time and again they give those on the other side of the conflict an easy ride. At the same time they twist the words of those speaking for my side in order to make them look ridiculous, belittling the importance of our just cause. This is an insult - the facts of the situation are clear and easily found on Google. Yet the BBC seems to ignore facts, preferring instead to act as if they are actually part of the other side's own propaganda machine. Is this what we pay our licence fee for?
The newspapers are no better. Only yesterday the Guardian printed an editorial article in the Comment Is Free section of its website which made me more angry than anything I have read on this subject in weeks. Unbelievable though it may seem, this article was actually trying to defend the indefensible. The piece made it seem as if the side of the conflict which I do not support had some kind of justification for its actions. There may be merit in this kind of thing as an abstract thought experiment, but not at a time like this when lives are at stake. It is sad to find such sheer moral bankruptcy from a paper with a once proud tradition.
There is a sense of urgency here. I call upon everyone who supports the other side of the conflict to stop doing so immediately and to realise that actually it is my side of the conflict who are in the right and who have always been in the right. Only in this way can peace finally be achieved in the Middle East.
(After adequacy's classic article here)